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Orchardists Dealing With Elk Issues

Hood River County is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the problem of elk coming onto orchard lands and damaging them.  County Commission Chair Mike Oates, who also operates an orchard, says elk numbers in the Hood River Valley have increased since controlled hunts of elk were discontinued in 2011, and trail development in the Riordan Hill area has also contributed to the elk coming onto the orchards.  Oates says the state plans to reinstate the controlled hunts in 2020, but they will be different than in the past by spreading it out from August to December in an effort to move the elk to find new range to graze in.  He adds some orchardists have tried to use audio “booms” to try to drive away the elk from their property, but that led to complaints from people being awakened at night by the noise.